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October 3rd, 2018

Stephens Ousted In Beijing; Wozniacki, Pliskova Advance; Sabalenka v 2017 Champion Garcia

Sloane Stephens has now lost four of her last six matches.

Posted by Staff @ 9:50 pm in beijing | 2 Comments »

September 29th, 2018

Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

Interesting starts for (17) Keys vs. American countrywoman (LL) Pera, the struggling (9) Stephens vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (3) Kerber vs. the unpredictable Mladenovic, (10) Goerges vs. Konta, (7) Pliskova vs. (WC) Stosur, (12) Ostapenko vs. Rybarikova, (14) Muguruza vs. Makarova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. Bencic…

Posted by Staff @ 7:12 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

September 24th, 2018

Halep, Wozniacki Lead Loaded Wuhan Field; Kerber v Keys, Svitolina v Sabalenka Tues.

9 of the Top 10 on the WTA began the week in Wuhan.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 am in Wuhan | 3 Comments »

September 5th, 2018

Stephens Dumped Out as Serena Advances at US Open; Keys, Osaka On Wednesday

“The crowd was really for me and I felt so bad that I wasn’t winning,” said Williams. “I said ‘I got to try even harder.’”

Posted by Staff @ 9:38 am in Tennis, US Open | 2 Comments »

September 2nd, 2018

Serena Rolls, Trips, Rolls at US Open; Keys, Osaka, Sharapova in Action Monday

“I feel like just getting through it in general was all I’m looking at now and not looking back and just moving towards the next match,” Williams said afterwards.

Posted by Staff @ 10:28 pm in Tennis, US Open | 24 Comments »

August 28th, 2018

World No. 1 Halep Shocked on Day 1 at US Open; Draw Opens for Serena, Venus Williams

It was Kanepi’s second career win over a world No. 1, while it was Halep’s 12th first-round loss at a Slam.

Posted by Staff @ 8:58 am in Tennis, US Open | 19 Comments »

August 17th, 2018

3 Top-10 Seeds Lose, Rains Force Halep to Double-Up Friday at WTA Cincinnati

“I don’t know how [I saved match point] because she did a really great serve and I just played the [return], I don’t know, like a baby.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:14 am in Tennis | No Comments »

August 12th, 2018

Halep Tops Stephens in Another Blockbuster in WTA Rogers Cup Final

“This week, it’s been an amazing effort,” said Halep after claiming her third title of the year. “It’s brutal, the effort for me. This week it was really tough.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:44 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 12th, 2018

Halep v Stephens, French Open Rematch in Rogers Cup WTA Montreal Final

“Once I get on a good run at a tournament, I’m pretty consistent, pretty solid,” Stephens said. “I just try to keep playing, keep competing, fight hard. Once you get to this point, the quarters, semis, finals of a tournament, everyone is good. You just have to compete hard, try to stay calm, and play your game as best you can…Overall I’m playing good. Good weather, good conditions, good court. We’re in North America. Food is good. Just pretty consistent overall.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:45 am in Tennis | No Comments »

August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

August 1st, 2018

Konta Clobbers Serena In San Jose, Handing American Worst Career Loss

Serena Williams managed just one game against Johanna Konta Tuesday night in San Jose.

Posted by Staff @ 10:35 am in San Jose, Washington | 2 Comments »

July 2nd, 2018

Top 5 seeds Stephens, Svitolina Exit on Day 1 at Wimbledon

Also orchestrating upsets were Czech Katerina Siniakova outlasting an ankle-addled No. 16 seed CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7(3), 6-3, 8-6, Romanian Sorana Cirstea topping No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova 7-5, 6-3, Italy’s Camila Giorgi grinding down No. 21 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, and German veteran Andrea Petkovic beating No. 31 Zhang Shuai 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 11:33 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 19 Comments »

June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

June 9th, 2018

Halep Break Slam Duck, Beats Stephens for 1st Title at French Open

It is 10 years after Halep won the girls’ title at the French Open and 40 years since a Romanian won in Paris, following Virginia Ruzici in 1978.

Posted by Staff @ 11:24 pm in French Open | 12 Comments »